Its been a long time since I last posted (six months in fact) and in that time so much has happened in my life that I have had hardly any time to do things to the Astra. Firstly I did my annual pilgrimage to Hong Kong and the fellas won all their bouts at the Choy Lay Fut International Kung Fu tournament. I also did some car spotting in Hong Kong – I must say I am always impressed by the calibre of hot looking cars there. I spotted this nice Ferarri parked in the backstreets of Mongkok, it was looking very out of place.
I also spotted a pair of Mercs that looked like it had a Brabus makeover. The rims were looking very sweet, apart from that the cars were pretty much stock looking – I didn’t really have a look under the hood so I can’t really say what had been done to them.
Then there was this thing… It looked like it was on stilts, very ugly.
I had a great time in HK once again but that wasn’t all that happened. I also became a dad for the second time this year with the birth of my son in November. Xavier has been keeping my wife and I up all night for over a month now and I don’t think it is going to stop anytime soon. Here he is with big sister Isabella.
I’ve also been looking for a new job, I feel that after ten years in one place it’s time for a seachange, so the Astra has been left on the side for quite some time. I did buy some small bits for it thou:
Some chrome air vents.
A new pair of Heko wind deflectors from Poland as well as tinting the windows (I got it done by a pro and was worth every cent).
I also did some more colour coding.
Stay tuned as in the next few days I wil be carbon fibre wrapping the hood and putting in those Audi style DRL lights I bought a few months ago. Once again Happy New Year everyone.
Just got back from my trip to Hong Kong and Guangzhou – all I can say is WOW!!! – car spotting was hella fun, so many cars to look at and so many different models of cars we don’t even get to see here in Australia. First of all drivers and pedestrians in China are crazy – It’s a first in first served basis with road laws and etiquette. It doesn’t matter if the light is red – if the pedestrian enters the walkway first the car has to give way, also if you enter the intersection first regardless of what the lights are showing you get to go first. We got into so many near miss accidents on a half hour drive to the railway station in Guangzhou but surprisingly no accident… We also drove to the railway station via one of the main roads in Guangzhou, I don’t remember the road’s name but I nicknamed it “Pimp my Ride” street – for miles and miles there was nothing else but shops that sold rims, LED lights, aftermarket headlights, aftermarket parts and mechanical repair shops. It was crazy!!! Shop after shop of car stuff !!! I wish I had more time in Guangzhou coz that would have been a good solid 2 days of going from shop to shop.
As for car spotting there were heaps of cars and brands in China, VW ruled the streets for the average joe with the chinese built VW Santana being the most widely spotted car on the street.
Used mainly by the taxi fleet it was basically a Passat but maybe of a lower build quality. There were also other VWs that I have never seen before – I saw a beautiful 2012 VW Scirocco, certainly a Hot Hatch if you are a Hatch fan. I tried to take photos on my phone but they all turned out mostly blurry – I have uploaded them onto this blog but please excuse the crapiness of the pictures. Also saw a lot of Buicks and Chevrolets
Spotted a Chevrolet Cruze (but didn’t take a picture) which is what we have here as the Holden Cruze. Also spotted a Maclaren MP4 which was so daaam sexy. It was the first time I have ever seen a guy driving a super slick BMW looking out his window and admiring the Maclaren. The chinese are really into their people movers as well but they like to mod them up with crazy badges and a lot of chrome.. Spotted a lot of BBS rims on all sorts of cars too – seems like BBS has a good name in China for aftermarket rims. I only spotted 1 Opel in all the time I was there. Looks like GM has a lot of work to do to make Opel a name in China that can go up against the chinese built VWs – I think it was a late model Vectra but I can’t be sure due to the crappy photo.
It was a great trip – I tried many weird foods because I always believe that you have to try anything at least once.
I tried Goose feet
and the roast pig was delicious !!
PS: I also fitted the Sony into the car when I got home from the trip. I now have USB input so instead of having a crapload of CDs sitting in the car I have all my music on a USB stick. Pics to come when I fit the front spoiler.